Heather A. Gilkey

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517-324-1043

hgilkey@willinghamcote.com 

333 Albert Avenue, Suite 500
East Lansing, MI 48823

About Heather

Ms. Gilkey is a successful attorney serving the needs of her clients in the areas of Estate Planning, Business, and Real Estate Law.  She has proven her legal acumen, business savvy and leadership skills as both a solo practitioner and in group practice. 

Prior to private practice, she also served as a law clerk for both the Ingham County Friend of the Court and Michigan Supreme Court, Judicial Institute.

Real Estate

Engage in numerous real estate transactions and closings in excess of $20 million. Sole attorney responsible for closing several golf course sales. Pivotal member of the legal team that closed the largest historical rehabilitation project in Lansing, MI (restoration of the Lansing Board of Water and Light Power Plant) that enabled a historical building to become the site of the new world headquarters for the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.  Negotiated and drafted ground and existing structure leases.

Corporate

Knowledgeable in business formation and corporate succession planning. Draft quit claim deeds, warranty deeds, land contracts, residential and commercial condominium documents, corporate by-laws, operating agreements, articles of organization, articles of incorporation, residential and commercial leases, employment manuals, buy-sell agreements, letters of intent, State of Michigan trademark applications, represent employers at administrative law hearings and draft purchase agreements.

Estate Planning

Draft joint trusts, wills, living wills, family trusts and power of attorney documents.  Also obtained court appointed Guardians and Conservators for incapacitated individuals.

Professional Affiliations

  • (Former) President & Treasurer of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (Mid-Michigan Region)
  • Ingham Country Bar Association 
  • (Former) Board Member, Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council

Community Affiliations

  • Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Lansing
  • (Former) Director & Secretary, Impression 5 Science Center (a leading early education provider dedicated to introducing science to elementary school children)
  • Member of ATHENA WIN
  • Advisory Board Member of The Willows of East Lansing (an adult care facility)
  • Member of the WKAR  Development Counsel at MSU
  • Director and Member of the Zonta Club of East Lansing Area
  • Director at Hospice of Lansing

Bar and Court Admissions

Bar Admission: State Bar of Michigan (2000) 

Education

Michigan State University College of Law – Juris Doctor, East Lansing, MI (2000)

Madonna University – Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Elementary Education, Livonia, MI (1995)

Distinction: Graduated with High Honors, recipient of merit-based scholarship.

 

 

 

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